“La street c’est chic”

Talent. Singapore. 1917 “Restore coral. Save the ocean”. Tulum (the place of the turtles). Mexico. 2019. Florence, where statues come to life. 2014. Pale ale. Sawadee kraap. 🙏🏻 Bangkok. 2018. The adventures of Isabelle (the little girl) and her aunt, Calendula the witch (to the right.) By Will, aka Willy Maltaite (1927-2000). Will was one…

Time Patrol: Germany 1980

1980. A while ago. We were living in Paris then. Decided to go Germany and visit friends. Took the train to… Mainz, maybe… or Koblenz? Honestly I can’t remember. From there we traveled by boat on the Rhine. To the North. Stayed in cute little towns along the river. I would say it is probably…

Shadows and colours for the winter

Mary’s shadow. Tlalpan, Mexico city. 2021. Green. Sans ombre. (‘Sans’ shadow.) All photos were taken in the neighbourhood in January. Shadow of a walled window. Bleu sans ombre. Blau ohne schatten. 😉 Cables with bars. And white. And… Yellow, blue and red with shadows. (Beginning to sound like Mondrian) Terracotta with window. ‘Calvary’ street for…

Street art, Malinalco, Mexico

Last week of July, as I mentioned before, we escaped lockdown for a week, renting a house in Malinalco, 2-3 hours away from Mexico city. Though we did stay mostly in the house, garden, pool etc. we did “escape” a few times, duly masked, to the streets of Malinalco. A cute little town. Horses on…

My virtual museum

Let’s start with a small Van Gogh, shall we? Atelier des lumières, Paris. Two years ago. They have put up several splendid shows with lights and projectors in an old warehouse in Paris. I don’t know how they can survive the current situation. Live performance has been suspended just about anywhere. Bird family, by Norval…

Carnaval com graça

“Olha que coisa mais linda, mais cheia de graça Look, such a pretty thing, so full of grace. “É ela menina que vem que passa She’s that girl you see passing by “Num doce balanço, caminho do mar In a gentle sway, on her way to the sea “Moça do corpo dourado do sol de…

San Agustín: the Double Me

The “Double me”. San Agustín, Colombia. 1983. We’d left our two year-old daughter in the care of her grandparents in Bogotá and set off with our friends to the lost valley of San Agustín in the Colombian Andes. Around 3300 BC, this precolumbian culture, started to occupy the region of San Agustín (obviously a post…

Pot-pourri 21-1

Mr. Simon Simba, Esq. Vincennes zoo, Paris, early 80’s. Kenya-born Minette, Paris, c.1972. My parents brought the cat back from Africa. They did not bring her BFF the dog back. We had words. “Silently a flower blooms.” Zenkei Shibayama. Tlalpan, Mexico city. 2020. A small Gothic church. Taverny, north of Paris. This church was finished…

Carnival of carnivals

“Is this legal? Maybe I should fine them all?” Paris, 1977. I was just out of the Army, 3 weeks away from Grad school. I set out on the streets of Paris with my faithful Asahi Pentax and a few rolls of Ilford film. May have been 400 “ASA”, my ammo of choice then. Would…

21 “easy pieces” for the New Year

We changed lockdown location for Christmas. Rented a house South of Mexico city, outside a little town called Tepoztlán. 500 metres below Mexico city. Much warmer. We spent a week with a view on the sacred mountains and escaped once on the 25th for a Street Art safari. Duly masked, early morning to avoid crowds.…